The Rotary Club of East Sutherland and Royal Dornoch Golf Club combined to hold a fantastic celebration of not just Robert Burns but of the superb talent that is to be found in Sutherland and has turned his words into performances that were full of humour and song of a level that simply charmed and touched the emotions of the packed audience.
Golspie High School Interact under Heather Shelley provided an astonishingly talented group of musicians – April, Nicole, Holly, Morven, Eilidh, and Abbie – fiddlers, pipers, keyboard
Simon Scott made Kenneth McKellar's versions of My Love is Like a Red Red Rose seem ordinary and his Aye Fond Kiss brought a tear to many an eye.
Scott Aitcheson a Dornoch green keeper born in Ayrshire delivered Tae a Louse with true Doric style.
Deirdre Mackay performed her first ever Immortal Memory which, while reverent, did not miss out on Burns “foibles”!! and was full of laughter.
Alasdair Miller brought to bear his extensive Ghurkha knife wielding skills to stab the Haggis as part of a spell-binding address.
The toast to the Lassies and the reply were delivered by Major General Patrick Marriot and his wife Henrietta, to say that each (like Alasdair's Haggis address) had a cutting edge would be an under-statement, the audience sat spell bound and in fits of laughter.
The evening was compered by Alistair Risk full of wise cracks and a knowledge of Burns that covers some 65 years of Burns Suppers.
As always, the staff at Royal Dornoch delivered 5 star food and service.
This was a Burns Supper that will live long in the memory of those who attended and it raised some £300 towards Polio Eradication which Rotary and the Bill Gates Foundation will make up to £1,000 ahead of the Sutherland Polio Charity Swim in Golspie on Saturday 22nd February